Interval Training: Fast and Hair-Friendly

via NaturallyCurly.com;

Is it possible to have the best of everything? Interval training workouts can last as little as 20 minutes, perfect for time-strapped people. You work very hard, doing multi-muscle exercises (often with weights), alternating cardio with strength training. Because the workout is short, it’s easy to stay motivated. You’ll work up a sweat (if you don’t, you’re doing something wrong!), but your hair won’t be exposed to sweaty scalp for very long, so hair recovers easily. As a bonus, research has demonstrated that short, intense cardio and strength-training interval workouts whip your body into shape for power, toned muscles and cardiovascular fitness as well as longer workouts and better than less-intense workouts.

What do you think? Have you tried interval training?

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Anonymous said...

I've tried it. I took a class actually. But no matter what I do I am drenched. I just love a good work out. And my hair is not more important than my health/endurance

KeetaRay said...

I have tried it. I should go back to that. I was in better shape then...

LHDC said...

I LOVE interval training! I started Jillian Michales' 30 Day Shred and just completed day 10 which is the longest I've EVER stuck to a work out program! I'm keeping track of my challenge on my YT channel...but I have to tell you, that just because the work out is short, it doesn't motivate me to get up a get it done any more than a 60 minute work out!

and YES, you will SWEAT your arse right off lol

Pecancurls. said...

I lost 25 pounds doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. It was also part of my motivation for going natural. Sweating a lot did not do well with the perm.

MiiSS kECiia said...

I've recently began taking my workouts more serious.. i'll have to give this a try & the Jilian Michael's 30 Day Shred.. short workouts may be what I need !!

-MiiSS kECiia

Anonymous said...

I work out primarily for cardiovascular endurance and health for marathoning. Although interval training is good for getting in shape and weight loss, it does not meet my needs for extensive building of cardiopulmonary endurance the way crosstraining (i.e. 60-90 min runs followed by weights, a 60 min intense spinning class followed by weights on alternate days) does.
Anyone who marathons have an interval training regimen which meets endurance building for marathoning?
Thanks in advance!!

British Belle said...

I love interval training! It's good if you don't have a lot of time/money for a gym membership but still want an intensive workout. I do the exercises from this website on a daily basis:http://www.bodyrock.tv/
I never know such a short workout could be so effective (and painful!)but I hope to see results soon.

OrganicBloom said...

Co-signing British Belle on http://www.bodyrock.tv 100%. I follow on fb and link to her workouts on youtube and their site. I spent 60 to 110 minutes a day doing P90 X (which is great but REALLY time consuming) but now I'm all about intervals. And there are apps for interval timing if you don't want to buy the Gymboss timer yet.

SimplyMars9 said...

Cosign also with bodyrock.tv. LOVE IT. Short workouts (most are between 12-20) but intense. Also don't need that much equipment. If you have a floor and a body, you can do 75% of the workouts. I'm always DRENCHED in sweat by the time I'm done. But it works!

Aurélie Ariel said...

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred is the truth and my abs are proof. I'm not willing to sacrifice my health for hair. I love running as well so protective styling is my best friend besides a healthy body will give you healthy hair!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 4:51 AM, I am a marathon runner as well. In my running group we currently do up to 32 miles a week, but we include track workouts which are basically interval training but works great to increase your running speed. We may do intervals for about 4-5 miles around a track. Something like 8-12 400 meter runs with a recovery of 100 meters. It can be done, I would advise you to google track workouts for Marathoners. Hope this helps! -Clarise

Ugochi @ Beauty 365 said...

i have! it's great - very concentrated, intense and effective :)

Shashou said...

Interval training awesome. I do a program called crossfit. Most of my workouts aren't more than 20 mins. But even after about 2 hours I still feels like the muscles are working. My trainers told me that this is good because after a quick interval training your body is still burning calories versus other types of work outs. I'm excited.

Anonymous said...

Bodyrocking at bodyrock.tv is fast, fun, and an effective form of interval training. I'm loving the results, and so does my hair! :-)

Anonymous said...

"As a bonus, research has demonstrated that short, intense cardio and strength-training interval workouts whip your body into shape for power, toned muscles and cardiovascular fitness as well as longer workouts and better than less-intense workouts."

I wanted to add that all though interval workouts are good for cardiovascular fitness, it doesn't compare to the health benefits of straight cardiovascular training.

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